P.O. Homeowners Can Expect More Flood Damage – Mayor
. . . .The Dunlawton drainage project is among $30 million in stormwater improvement projects undertaken by the city since 2004, including also the first phase of a project to improve drainage in the Cambridge Basin. But the 2010 study, concluded the city needed to spend an additional $23 million.
Ruth Street residents such as Mike and Dianne Gardner, who had water flow into their garage last week, said the flooding in their neighborhood was worse than 2009 and are questioning the effectiveness of the Dunlawton drainage project.
“I expect the city will delve deeper into this on Tuesday night but the reality is that to spend $2.8 million and to have things be worse is unacceptable,” he said.
Mayor Allen Green said he doesn’t think the city can totally eliminate the risk, especially during extreme weather events.
“Were the gates open and closed at the exact right time? Probably not,” he said. “Could you improve the results? Probably. But for people to think it’s going to correct everything for every event, it’s not going to happen.”
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To David Harden, Bob Ford, Drew Bastian Don Burnette
From Hank Springer
I hope the city council members will speak up in the next city council meeting and strive for “probable” improvement in the city’s flooding problems. It is distressing to read that the mayor of Port Orange stated that results can be improved, but homeowners should not expect correction “for every event”. Please make it clear to worried citizens that the past event was not a biblical deluge which only Noah’s Ark could deal with. This was not a hurricane, but merely a lot of rain in a short period of time. This has often been the problem in the city’s flooded areas and those who do not work in construction or are construction engineers should resent the millions of dollars spent to not remedy flooding during heavy rains.
It is somewhat unsettling that the Mayor is warning present home owners and possible new home owners in Port Orange not to expect that their homes will not suffer flood damage in the future.
If this is the case, then we might ask that no more future developments take place in Port Orange, because more concrete will only add to our flooding problems. I wonder if the building of the apartment complex on Caramel Ave. added to this flood zone problem.
Need I point out the area on Dunlawton between Spruce Creek Rd and the RR tracks is part of a major evacuation route for the beachside communities of Daytona Beach Shores and Ponce Inlet?
The Altamira development area has tied up the main artery to I 95 on Dunlawton Ave., and really shows to me that we do not need any more development in Port Orange. The vision of Port Orange for more and more construction has finally caught up with reality.
It would be nice to hear a city council person state publicly on behalf of citizens that he is tired of finding mistakes involved when things go wrong in the city of Port Orange. I hope the city council can find out on behalf of the citizens why the flood gates were open or not open when they should have been. “What difference does it make” should have gone back to Destin Florida some time ago.
It would be nice if statements from city council members on behalf of citizens be heard louder than some heart felt opinions on blogs. I urge city council members to change the culture of the council to expressly start representing citizens of Port Orange and not a governmental system which has brought us to the state of present tensions.
Sincerely, Hank springer
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